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09/12/2011

Land Management Workshop Planned in Longleaf, La.

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LONGLEAF, La. — Land managers can learn how to attract wildlife, fund habitat improvement projects and establish longleaf pine on their properties by attending a field day in Longleaf, La., on Oct. 5.

The field day lasts from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and begins at the Southern Forestry Heritage Museum at 77 Long Leaf Road in Longleaf, La. The field tour will take place at the U.S. Forest Service's Southern Experimental Station on the Calcasieu Ranger District.

Registration for the field day is $15 and includes a lunchtime Cajun shrimp boil and transportation for the field tour. Participants should bring boots and water, and be prepared for seasonal weather conditions during the field tour. Space for this event is limited. Pre-registration is recommended.

During the workshop, participants can spend time with wildlife biologists and foresters learning how to establish longleaf pine and improve their property for wildlife.

Longleaf pine forests are the South's most unique ecosystem, and the world's most unique ecosystem next to the tropical rain forest. Longleaf pine forests provide an important and diverse habitat that is home to 26 federally listed endangered species such as the indigo snake, red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise. They also provide outstanding habitat for white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Contact Luke Lewis, NWTF regional biologist, at (318) 777-3612 or llewis@nwtf.net to register for this event.

For information about the NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.

Sponsors of this field day include the NWTF, the Louisiana State Chapter of NWTF, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Forestry Association, Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Wildlife, Louisiana Society of American Foresters, Texas-Louisiana Longleaf Pine Task Force, Larson and McGowen, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, LSU AgCenter, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station.

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